In our last Planning Your Runcation post, we gave you some inspiration for your “runcation” in Flagstaff. With many of the Flagstaff Marathon runners being from out of town, we want to help you maximize your time in this beautiful mountain town. After all, we know Flag is truly a magical place, and we’re convinced you’ll love it as much as we do (if you don’t already). We are also convinced that one of the best parts of any vacation is indulging in local food and drink. In order to help you make the most of your stay, we’ve come up with our list of must-eats and must-drinks while you’re in Flagstaff. Make sure to include some of these one-of-a-kind spots on your itinerary for Marathon weekend.
If you’re in the mood for coffee
Firecreek Coffee Company has been roasting and serving high quality craft coffee since 2008. Their menu is simple because when the coffee is that good, there’s not much you need to add to it. Firecreek also serves beer and wine in the evenings, and it hosts events from poetry slams to performances from local musicians throughout the week. Our fave: latte with salted cardamom. (22 E. Route 66)
Also check out: Macy’s European Coffee (14 S Beaver St.)
If you’re in the mood for tacos
Criollo Latin Kitchen must be on your Flagstaff bucket list! Criollo boasts one of Flagstaff’s most popular happy hours and specializes in Latin-inspired fusion, prepared with fresh ingredients sourced from local and regional farmers and ranchers throughout Northern Arizona and the Four Corners region. Our fave: beer battered catfish tacos paired with a jalapeño margarita. (16 N. San Francisco St.)
Also check out: La Santisima (119 S San Francisco St.)
If you’re in the mood for beer
Hops on Birch is the locals’ favorite craft beer bar. Although Flagstaff has numerous incredible breweries, Hops is the go-to choice because it offers 34 rotating taps that serve a variety of the best brews from Arizona and from around the U.S. Bar-goers can enjoy live music five nights a week. Oh, and dogs are welcome, too. Our fave: depends on what’s on tap! (22 E. Birch Ave.)
Also check out: Historic Barrel and Bottle (110 S San Francisco St.), Mother Road Brewing Company (7 S Mikes Pike St.)
If you’re in the mood for pancakes
Brandy’s Restaurant and Bakery is off the beaten path, but it’s definitely worth the hunt. In 2009, Brandy’s was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives for their dinner menu, but most locals will tell you they love Brandy’s for their breakfast. Brandy’s offers up scratch-made breakfast, espresso and baked goods in a cozy environment. Our fave: eggs benedict served with a Swedish oat pancake the size of your head and a chai latte. (1500 E Cedar Ave. #40)
Also check out: MartAnnes Burrito Palace (112 Historic Rte 66), La Bellavia (18 S Beaver St)
If you’re in the mood for a burger
Diablo Burger is going to be your new obsession. Diablo Burger serves burgers made from local, grass-fed beef and frites – Belgian style fries – served with your choice of a tasty dipping sauce. It sits right in Heritage Square, so you can sit on the patio without missing any of the hubbub going on in Historic Downtown Flagstaff. Our fave: the Blake burger (made with hatch chile mayo, roasted green chiles and sharp cheddar), frites and a bottle of Coke. (120 N. LeRoux #112)
Also check out: Mama Burger (991 N Fort Valley Rd.)
We hope you get to partake in some (or all!) of our top picks for great eats and drinks in Flagstaff. After all the calories you expend out on the course, you will have earned some gluttonous indulgence. What are your favorite restaurants, bars and cafes in Flagstaff? Leave a comment below!
We’ll have more posts in this series sharing our favorite running trails and kid-friendly activities. Stay tuned!